Atun Poza & Pacaya River

Jan 26, 2018 - Delfin II

Our expedition in the Peruvian Upper Amazon continued today exploring a location known as Atun Poza.  During the skiff ride we observed several bird species like flycatchers, horned screamers, parrots, parakeets and some birds of prey. We observed a couple of monk saki and squirrel monkey troops as well.

In addition to the latter animal species sightings we had the thrill to have our breakfast outdoors onboard the skiffs! This experience is simply amazing, covered with the rainforest we had our early meal served in the most fashionable way, white gloves included, with the green surroundings and a concert of sounds as companions. In the way back to the ship we stop by in an improvised stand where local women and children offered us their handcrafts and a couple of fishermen showed us their catch of the day.

In the afternoon, we visited one of my favorite locations in the Reserve, the Pacaya River. After lunch, we went as deep and as far into the Pacaya River as we could. A very strong tropical sun marked the beginning of our adventure. This river is the farthest destination we will be in our expedition this week as well.

Our three skiffs formed a caravan to explore the Pacaya River. After about an hour, we arrived at a large black water ox bow lake called Yanayacu Lake. We stopped there momentarily to stretch our legs, use toilet facilities. Some few adventurers swam in the lake as well.  Several red howler monkeys troops and the beautiful hoatzin birds were observed as well. Remoteness and expecting the unexpected make this visit a very special one.

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Carlos Romero

Expedition Leader

Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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